Karachi: Rangers raid ST office, seize arms
KARACHI: Around 200 suspects were rounded up and a large cache of arms and ammunition was seized on Sunday by Rangers and police during raids on different places, including the office of a political party, mainly in central, western and southern parts of the city.
One of the targeted operations resulted in the unusual recovery of around 1,000 computerised national identity cards, which were found stuffed in a gunny bag.
The paramilitary force assisted by police carried out search operations in different localities of Baldia, Lyari, trans-Lyari, New Karachi Industrial Area and Nazimabad.
Several people were picked up during the operation in the areas of Nayabad, Singulane, Daryabad, Agra Taj Colony and Bihar Colony. They were brought to one place where scrutiny of the detained suspects was carried out, sources said.
Rangers personnel also surrounded the head office of the Sunni Tehrik, situated near Bhimpura, and seized arms from the police guards posted at the place. However, nobody was picked up from the party office, Rangers officials claimed.
Hundreds of grenades, some rifles and pistols were seized during a raid on a house in Nazimabad. Police said that acting on a tip-off, they raided the unoccupied house in Nazimabad No 1, and recovered 256 rifle grenades, two AK-47 rifles, three TT pistols from the premises during a search.
The police claimed that the house was owned by Mohammad Sadiq, who was missing. An FIR (267/2011) was registered against the house owner under Sections 13-E of the Arms Ordinance and 5 of the Explosives Act at the Rizvia police station.
In Baldia Town, the Rangers conducted targeted operations in Yousaf Goth and Saeedabad sectors A-3, 4-D and B-3. Police remained at an outer cordon while assisting the paramilitary force in these actions.
During the Saeedabad Sector 4-D search operation, the law-enforcers recovered a sack from a storm-water drain, which contained around 1,000 computerised national identity cards (CNICs).
“Some of the CNICs were original while others were duplicates,” said the Saeedabad station house officer. He added that the police had sent the recovered CNICs to the National Database Registration Authority for verification.
Similarly, the action in Sector B-3 led to the recovery of a small quantity of arms. The law-enforcers said that the arms were buried in courtyard of a mosque.
In Sector 6-B of New Karachi Industrial Area, police seized some rifles, pistols and ammunition concealed in a gunny bag at a graveyard. “Acting on a tip-off, the police recovered the bag containing a 7mm rifle, two rifles, two pistols and two magazines,” said SP Abdul Salam Shaikh.
An FIR (367/2011) was registered at the New Karachi Industrial Area police station. In early morning raids on different places in Quaidabad and Sherpao Colony, Rangers picked up an activist of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) Kashif Abdi. Shortly afterwards, another raid was conducted at the house of another MQM(H) activist, Maqbool Husain, but no arms or ammunition was recovered.
Specialised units of police under the supervision of SSP South Naeem Shakih also conducted a raid on Iqbal Plaza and neigbouring buildings on M.A. Jinnah Road.
While around 100 people were rounded up, all were released after initial scrutiny, the police said. Later, the arms and ammunition seized in the Sunday operations were put on display during a media briefing at held at the People’s Stadium.
Brigadier Waseem Aftab told the media that around 200 people had been rounded up from Lyari, but after carrying out scrutiny, only eight suspects were arrested.
He described the arrested suspects as important. The arms and ammunition recovered during the raids included 15 AK-47 rifles, 15 repeater rifles, 40 TT pistols, 15 revolvers and a huge quantity of ammunition.
The brigadier said the arms seized from the guards at the Sunni Tehrik office would be sent to the home department for verification of their licences.
He said Rangers were carrying out targeted operations on intelligence reports. “We have no pressure from any quarter and no will be spared,” he added.